Ximena Vanegas Qadir, Ph.D.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow, Knowledge Integration Team, Office of the Associate Director

Ximena Vanegas Qadir

Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 4E128, MSC 9763
Bethesda, MD 20892
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20850)

Interest Areas

  • Public health genomics
  • Research translation
  • Data access and sharing
  • Reducing health disparities
  • Cancer risk prediction and risk reduction
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Knowledge integration tools


  • Ph.D. - Biomedical Sciences
    Tulane University
  • B.S. - Cell and Molecular Biology
    Tulane University


Dr. Ximena Qadir joined the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) as a post-doctoral Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellow in the Office of the Associate Director's Knowledge Integration (KI) Team. In this capacity, she will contribute to the KI team's mission of systematically integrating the rapidly accumulating knowledge base and tools for cancer epidemiology and genomics to accelerate research. The Team accomplishes this by performing knowledge management (e.g., creation of online information and databases), conducting knowledge synthesis (e.g., systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and meta-research), and knowledge translation (e.g., convening workshops and meetings of stakeholders). Dr. Qadir will be responsible for extracting and analyzing data from scientific publications for KI-related projects. She will also be assisting with management and curation of the Cancer Genomics and Epidemiology Navigator (CGEN).

Dr. Qadir has previous experience conducting research in laboratories and clinical settings at Tulane, Xavier University, the New Orleans VA Medical Center, and Tufts Medical Center. She also has experience and training providing patient care in a clinical setting. Furthermore, she has worked as a teaching assistant and instructor for graduate and medical students for pathology, microbiology, and molecular biology at Tulane.

Dr. Qadir is fluent in Spanish and her past volunteer work has included providing translation to non-English speaking patients who were carriers of a genetic disease and educating Hispanic youth about HIV/AIDS prevention.


Qadir XV, Han C, Lu D, Zhang J, Wu T. MicroRNA-185 Inhibits Hepatocellular Carcinoma Growth by Targeting the DNMT1/PTEN/Akt PathwayExternal Web Site Policy. Am J Pathol. 2014 Jun 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Tobey NA, Gambling TM, Vanegas XC, Carson JL, Orlando RC. Physicochemical basis for dilated intercellular spaces in non-erosive acid-damaged rabbit esophageal epitheliumExternal Web Site Policy. Dis Esophagus. 2008;21(8):757-64.

Abdulnour-Nakhoul S, Tobey NA, Nakhoul NL, Wheeler SA, Vanegas X, Orlando RC. The effect of tegaserod on esophageal submucosal glands bicarbonate and mucin secretionExternal Web Site Policy. Dig Dis Sci. 2008 Sep;53(9):2366-72.

Tobey NA, Argote CM, Vanegas XC, Barlow W, Orlando RC. Electrical parameters and ion species for active transport in human esophageal stratified squamous epithelium and Barrett's specialized columnar epitheliumExternal Web Site Policy. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2007 Jul;293(1):G264-70.

Tobey NA, Argote CM, Awayda MS, Vanegas XC, Orlando RC. Effect of luminal acidity on the apical cation channel in rabbit esophageal epitheliumExternal Web Site Policy. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2007 Mar;292(3):G796-805.

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